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Essay on the Selfish Mrs. Mallard in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour - Selfish Mrs. Mallard in The Story of an Hour   Kate Chopin’s story, "The Story of an Hour," may seem to be about Mrs. Mallard’s unexpected and ironic reactions to the news of her husband’s untimely death due to a railroad disaster. At least that’s what I thought when I read the story. It seemed to me that she led a normal life with a normal marriage. She had a stable home life with a kind, loving husband who cared for her. She seemed to love him, sometimes. She had some kind of "heart trouble" (Chopin 25) that didn’t really affect her physically, until the very end....   [tags: Story Hour essays]
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The Oppression of Wives in Chopin's The Story of an Hour and Gillman's The Yellow Wallpaper - Writings from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s often depict husbands as controlling. This would lead to the demise of their wives. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman the husband’s insistence upon control, leaves their wives longing for the freedom of simple expression. “The Story of an Hour” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” illustrates how the husband is the controlling figure in the marriage. The two short stories also expose how the oppression put on them by their husband leaves the women unfulfilled and unhappy with their lives....   [tags: The Story of an Hour, The Yellow Wallpaper] 955 words
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Prejudices in "The West Side Story" by Arthur Laurents - The book West Side Story written by Arthur Laurents is set in the mid 1950’s, created as modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. West Side Story is a romantic tragedy about two characters that are supposedly completely different and aren’t accepted when they fall in love. The “difference’s” between these characters is centered on the prejudice’s they had against each other. Prejudice is a harsh opinion or feeling formed previously without any knowledge or reason. The Jets and the Sharks used many prejudices against other races, sex, and age....   [tags: West Side Story, Arthur Laurents, Shakespeare, Rom] 806 words
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Mrs Mallard's Experience of Freedom in The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin - Mrs Mallard's Experience of Freedom in The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin In "The Story of an Hour", Mrs Mallard, who has a heart attack is the main protagonist. Like any ordinary women, she is a normal housewife who depends on her husband. The news of her husband's death gives her freedom and sets her free from restraints, marriage and a lifetime of dependency. Kate Chopin uses several techniques to create the image of how freedom affects Mrs Mallard. At first, Mrs Mallard is shocked by the news which is shown in "She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms." and "When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone." These describe her immediate response and tell that she is so shaken by the news that she weeps at once and goes away alone....   [tags: Kate Chopin Story Hour Essays ]
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The Not-So-Sexist Master of Fantasy - Many call him the master of fantasy. Throughout his career, he wrote hundreds of poems and stories. J.R.R. Tolkien was a pioneer of fantasy literature during the mid-1900’s and continues to be one of the most famous writers to this day. As a young boy, Tolkien loved to learn about words and languages. As he grew older, he came to enjoy not only learning about words but also writing them. Before Tolkien became famous as a writer, he helped work on The New English Dictionary where he researched the history and origins of words starting with the letter W....   [tags: Authors, argumentative, persuasive]
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Oppression of Women in Chopin's Story of an Hour and Gilman's Yellow Wallpaper - Oppression of Women in Chopin's Story of an Hour and Gilman's Yellow Wallpaper   "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman share the same view of the subordinate position of women in the late 1800's. Both stories demonstrate the devastating effects on the mind and body that result from an intelligent person living with and accepting the imposed will of another. This essay will attempt to make their themes apparent by examining a brief summery of their stories and relating them to their personal histories....   [tags: Story Hour Yellow Wallpaper Essays Papers]
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Irony in Tim O’Brien’s How to Tell a True War Story - Irony in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” “This is true.” (O’Brien, 420) – with this simple statement which also represents a first, three-word introductory paragraph to Tim O’Brien’s short story, “How to Tell a True War Story”, the author reveals the main problem of what will follow. “Truth” – when looked up in a dictionary, we would probably find definitions similar to sincerity and honesty on the one hand, and correctness, accuracy or reality on the other hand. When looking at these definitions, one can make out two groups of meaning: While sincerity and honesty are very subjective, correctness or accuracy are supposed to be objective by nature....   [tags: How to Tell a True War Story Tim O'Brien Essays]
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Seeing Ourselves: An Analysis of Ideology and Fantasy in Popular Advertising - Seeing Ourselves: An Analysis of Ideology and Fantasy in Popular Advertising In the arena of advertising in modern Western society, the consumer can become numb from over-saturation. Advertising stretches over all forms of media, with independence that critic Judith Williamson says intentionally reflects our own human reality (Lord, 263). Advertising becomes a natural presence for consumers; it overwhelms us until we stop trying to understand and decode the images and slogans presented to us. In "The Rhetoric of the Image", critic Roland Barthes uses particular advertising images as dissection models to systematically extract the meaning of cultural codes....   [tags: Advertising Media Commericals Essays] 2642 words
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My Life, My Fantasy, My Philosophy - My Life, My Fantasy, My Philosophy - Descartes' Fourth Meditation, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Sir Francis Bacon's The Four Idols, and Walt Disney Every day is a process of discovery, and I have stumbled upon one about myself: I am a hypocrite; I live in a world of hypocrites, and here, on this earth, lies not one soul who can live happily otherwise. We have developed a defense mechanism against all that is unknown in this world and acquired a false sense of security of having control and actually knowing how it is that this world works....   [tags: Philosophy] 1968 words
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Outcast In a World of Magic - In a world of magic... Long before i was born, Wars of Mages brought lots of sorrow. Then those Mages who were left concluded a peace. They swore to wash away their guilt by bringing happiness to mere mortals and making their inmost wishes come true. Since they had lived in the Soaring Castle. It is their job to ensure all mortals happiness. And I am one of them. I’ve been an outcast all my life. The elder sorcerers tried not to notice me; those who were the same age despised me openly by calling me half-blooded after my father had gone expelled....   [tags: fantasy,] 1132 words
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Dragons Lived Alongside Men - Many centuries ago in what would one day become known as Eastern Europe, Dragon lived along side men, and men feared and hunted them almost to the point of extinction. The Dragonkind who were as intelligent as men and much stronger and yet they respected men and while not fearing them did not seek to dominate them and only attacked their herds when they had no other choice. It was in these days of the waning of the dragons a prophecy was made by a dying dragon chieftain that a human raised by dragon would lead them to a new home one in which they would live in harmony with the human and his descendants....   [tags: fantasy,] 1677 words
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A Cinderella Story - A Cinderella Story      When examining adaptations of fairytales you must look at the original source. This can be a very difficult task because with fairytales we never really know where the original came from. I will base my paper on the theory that the original tale of Cinderella comes from the Grimm Brothers version of Ashputtle. In comparison we will examine two movies. First there is the Disney version Cinderella. Secondly we will look at the movie 'Ever After'.      Characterization is an important aspect of any story or film, because it sets what the entire film will be about, and how the audience will absorb it....   [tags: Cinderella Fairytale Essays] 1279 words
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The Story of an Hour - The Story of an Hour 'The Story of an Hour' is one of Kate Chopin's most famous short stories. There is a great deal of marital instability in the story by Chopin because most of her well-known stories and novels deal with a woman who wishes for freedom or a marriage that is out of balance. In 'The Story of an Hour,' Chopin deals with an ironical twist; it is that the wife in the story, Louise Mallard, does not realize she is displeased with her marriage until she is told that her husband has been killed in a train accident....   [tags: American Literature Kate Chopin Feminism Essays]
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The Story of an Hour - The Story of an Hour The story of the hour is, to me, an interesting short story of the insight into the life thoughts of a woman struggling with a life that is proper and sociably acceptable and her own desires. Upon reading the opening passage “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death.” (1) The reader, in this case I, would understand quickly that the main character of the story, Mrs....   [tags: Literature Review]
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"The Story of the Hour" - Kate Chopin is known as a major feminist writer of the 19th century. She uses irony and symbolism to give insight to women’s roles in marriage and feminine identity. In “the story of an hour”, Chopin emphasizes the gloomy and almost slave-like status that women had in society in the late 1800’s. Chopin’s main character in this story, Mrs. Mallard, symbolizes all women of that time and the choices and treatment they had to endure. A major indication of the suppression our protagonist endures can be seen when considering Mrs....   [tags: Literature Review] 715 words
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A Young Woman's Fantasy in The Turn of the Screw - A Young Woman's Fantasy in The Turn of the Screw     The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, is an odd story about a young woman who, leaving her small country home for the first time, takes a job as a governess in a wealthy household.  Shortly after her arrival, she begins to suffer from insomnia and fancies that she sees ghosts roaming about the grounds.  James is a master story-teller and, at times, the complexities of the story make it difficult to follow.  The Turn of the Screw is a story within a story, the tale of the governess being read aloud as a ghost story among friends.  Harold C....   [tags: Henry James Turn Screw Essays]
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Fantasy and Dream work in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Fantasy and Dream work in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari The silent expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari exposes psychological guilt and insanity through the main character's fantasies and delusions. This character, Francis, brings the viewer into a nightmarish world through his story-telling. He recounts the story of the mad Dr. Caligari and the somnambulist Cesare who is under his control. The doctor's arrival in Francis' hometown results in a string of murders, the death of his best friend Alan and the kidnapping of his beloved fiancée Jane....   [tags: Cabinet Film Caligari Essays Papers]
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Blending Reality and Fantasy in Going After Cacciato - Blending Reality and Fantasy in Going After Cacciato by O'Brien As O'Brien's third novel, Going After Cacciato is one of his most acclaimed works. The book brings to the reader many chilling aspects of war while developing a connection between the reader and the narrator. After many years, Going After Cacciato still dominates over more recent war novels by providing a unique glimpse into the soldiers mind. O'Brien reflects upon his wartime experiences in Vietnam while successfully blending reality and fantasy in an original war story....   [tags: Going After Cacciato Essays O'Brien]
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Illusions and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Illusions and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire 'A Streetcar Named Desire', by Tennessee Williams, explores many important themes and issues in the book. The main theme Williams investigates and explores to the audience, is illusion and fantasy. Each character in the book contributes to creating, adding to and destructing fantasies and illusions, and I feel it is a very important theme in the book, as it represents and symbolises other issues Williams explores with the audience....   [tags: Themes Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 2300 words
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Contrast of Irony and Style in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour - Contrast of Irony and Style in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour    Kate Chopin's use of irony in her short story, "The Story of an Hour," stands in direct contrast to the subtle manner in which she tells the story. Strong use of irony in a short story yields more honesty in a character. She achieves this quality by immediately setting the premise, that Mrs. Mallard's fragile health would ultimately lead to her demise, upon receiving the news of her husband's death. Before an immediate assumption can be made about Mrs....   [tags: Story Hour essays Kate Chopin Papers]
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The Role of Fantasy in James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - The Role of Fantasy in James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," James Thurber tells the story of a henpecked old man who escapes his monotonous life with frequent excursions to fantasy. In the real world, he is a forgetful old man who must obey his wife's every whim. But, in his fantasies, Walter Mitty is intelligent, brave, and the epitome of manliness. He makes up for the characteristics he lacks in the real world through the heroic characters he embodies in his fantasies....   [tags: Secret Life Walter Mitty Essays]
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Oedipus - Oedipus Oedipus is a story about a few basic human emotions. Among them are rage, passion, humility, and guilt. The Ancient Greeks understood these emotions well; their society was based upon the logical emotions, but always threatened by the violent ones. Oedipus was at first told that he was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Fearful of himself, he fled showing a lack of humility away from his home, thinking that his problems would be solved. Later on, he gets into a tumultuous fight with a passerby on the road to Thebes....   [tags: Myths Plays Guilt Tradition Fantasy Essays]
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Coppola's Interpretation of Dracula as a Love Story - Coppola's Interpretation of Dracula as a Love Story       The protagonist and story of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula have been widely interpreted and adapted in films throughout many years. Despite almost a century of time since the initial publication, Dracula has maintained its ability to frighten and mesmerize readers. Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula; however, utilizes the erotic romance of the original novel in order to depict a tragic love story. The film accurately follows the general plot of the novel, yet presents the characters in a unique manner that provides for a different appreciation of the characters....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]
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Hobbit: From Children's Story to Mythic Creation - Hobbit: From Children's Story to Mythic Creation "Mr. Baggins began as a comic tale among conventional and inconsistent fairy-tale dwarves, and got drawn into the edge of it - so that even Sauron the terrible peeped over the edge." -J.R.R Tolkien, letter to his publisher (quoted in Carpenter 1977, 182). The Hobbit started as little more than a bedtime story for Tolkien's children. Like most of his fellow academics, Tolkien viewed fantasy as limited to childhood. The result was a book written in a chatty, informal style that contrasts sharply with that of its serious successors....   [tags: Literature Fiction Papers]
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Freedom and Kate Chopin's Story of an Hour - Freedom and The Story Of An Hour       When I first read Kate Chopin's "The Story Of An Hour", my instinctual response was to sympathize with the character of Mrs. Mallard.  This seemed to me to have been intended by the author because the story follows her emotional path from the original shock upon hearing of her husband's supposed death to her gradual acceptance of the joy she feels in anticipating her new freedom to the irony of her own sudden death.  However, one fact cannot be overlooked when judging my personal reaction to this piece....   [tags: Story Hour essays]
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Essay on Setting in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour - Elements of Setting in Kate Chopin's Short Story, "The Story of an Hour" Setting exists in every form of fiction, representing elements of time, place, and social context throughout the work. These elements can create particular moods, character qualities, or features of theme. Throughout Kate Chopin's short story "The Story of an Hour," differing amounts and types of the setting are revealed as the plot develops. This story deals with a young woman's emotional state as she discovers her own independence in her husband's death, then her "tragic" discovery that he is actually alive....   [tags: Story Hour Essays]
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Marital Oppression In The Story Of An Hour by Kate Chopin - In "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, we are introduced to Mrs. Mallard. She is portrayed an unloving, heartless, woman who is overjoyed by the passing of her husband-— or at least that is the common misconception. Mrs. Mallard although perceived as inhuman, is actually more human than most would like to believe. While her actions may seem questionable or even to be condemned, they are hardly unthinkable in light of the issues involving marriage and the woman's role throughout history. The story itself presents a valid argument in favor of Louise as she is portrayed as the oppressed wife finally set free after her husband's death....   [tags: Chopin Story Hour Analysis] 1726 words
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Bellamy's Looking Backward: Utopia or Fantasy? - Bellamy's Looking Backward: Utopia or Fantasy?               Although Edward Bellamy's twentieth century society in Looking Backward appears to be the perfect utopia, it could never exist. The very factors that Bellamy claimed contributed to the society's establishment and success are, in reality, what would lead to its failure. The twentieth century society lacked the possibility for advancements in technology while at the same time lacking competition and appropriate incentives. Even if we ignore these faults, we observe that when Bellamy created his society for Looking Backward, he made several false assumptions about human behavior and failed to realize that the only way his society could be imposed would be involuntarily....   [tags: Looking Backward Essays]
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Symbolic Convergence in Gossip Girl: The Fantasy of the “In Crowd” - ... Use of the fantasy by group members to explain, justify, or understand situations outside the group shows the group’s rhetorical vision. Summary of Gossip Girl Based on Stephanie Savage’s book series of the same title, Gossip Girl follows the “in-crowd” at an elite New York City private high school through their transition to and attendance at a handful of well-known universities. Best friends and rivals (frienemies), Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen drive most of the action in the series....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Fantasy vs. Reality in A Midsummer Night's Dream - Fantasy vs. Reality in A Midsummer Night's Dream        Shakespeare weaves a common thread throughout most of his comedies, namely the theme of fantasy vs. reality. His use of two distinct settings: one signifying the harsh, colorless world of responsibility and obligation and one suggesting a world of illusion where almost anything is possible, a place where all conflicts are magically resolved.   Midsummer Night's Dream is a vivid example of Shakespeare's use of this plot device. The setting of the forest and the events that occur there represent a complete departure from the physical existence into a world where love at first sight is the norm....   [tags: Midsummer Night's Dream]
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Elements of The Lord of the Rings in Final Fantasy VIII - Elements of The Lord of the Rings in Final Fantasy VIII       J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is arguably the most influential work of fantasy literature in modern times. Its epic tale of good against evil and its surreal world of magical and unusual characters and places have captured and enchanted readers since its publication half a century ago. The story of the struggle to destroy the One Ring still influences numerous tales of adventure in literature, film, and role-playing games....   [tags: Lord Rings Essays]
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Fantasy vs. Reality in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace - Fantasy vs. Reality in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace J. M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace is, on the surface, the story of a wayward college professor, Dr. David Lurie, who is aging into a disrespectful decline. But this story tells of not only the strife and wrenching change that exist in the microcosm of Lurie's mind, but also the parallel themes that underlie the social, political, and ethical systems that are the reality of present day South Africa. As David Lurie interacts with people and creatures outside his normal milieu, the fault lines between his myopic view of the world and reality begin to crystallize with a disconcerting clarity....   [tags: Coetzee Disgrace Essays]
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Social Commentary in Chopin's The Story of an Hour - Social Commentary in Chopin's The Story of an Hour IN "The Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin tells the tale of a woman who learns of her husband's untimely death, seeks solitude in which she proceeds to reflect upon this incident and its implications, has a life-altering/-giving epiphany, and proceeds to have all of the fresh hope and elation that had accompanied this experience dashed when her supposedly dead husband appears alive and well at her door, thereby inducing her sudden death. Read in isolation, it seems as if this is merely a detailed account of one woman's reaction to the death of her husband and, on a basic and concrete level, it is....   [tags: Chopin Story of An Hour Essays]
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Compare and Contrast Women in The Yellow Wallpaper and Story of an Hour - Compare and Contrast Women Characters in The Yellow Wallpaper and Story of an Hour       Women have traditionally been known as the less dominant sex.  Through history women have fought for equal rights and freedom.  They have been stereotyped as being housewives, and bearers and nurturers of the children.  Only recently with the push of the Equal Rights Amendment have women had a strong hold on the workplace alongside men.  Many interesting characters in literature are conceived from the tension women have faced with men.  This tension is derived from men; society, in general; and within a woman herself.  Two interesting short stories, “The  Yellow Wall-paper and “The Story of an Hour, “ focus on a woman’s plight near the turn of the 19th century.  This era is especially interesting because it is a time in modern society when women were still treated as second class citizens.  The two main characters in these stories show similarities, but they are also remarkably different in the ways they deal with their problems and life in general.  These two characters will be examined to note the commonalities and differences.  Although the two characters are similar in some ways, it will be shown that the woman in the “The Story of an Hour” is a stronger character based on the two important criteria of rationality and freedom....   [tags: Yellow Wallpaper Story of an Hour]
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The Fantasy of Orality in Absalom, Absalom! - The Fantasy of Orality in Absalom, Absalom!        Four years after the publication of the first edition of Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Wallace Stevens described a modern aesthetic form which necessarily acted against its own status as a (fixed) form1. "What will [temporarily] suffice" in "Modern Poetry" would replace, as the mind's object, what is--or, perhaps more faithfully to the modernist vision, what used to be. The poem of the motion of the mind in time would replace the poem of permanent meaning....   [tags: Absalom Absalom Essays]
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Constructing Fantasy in Hitchcock's Vertigo - Constructing Fantasy in Hitchcock's Vertigo The amount of critical analysis surrounding Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is itself dizzying, but as the film has recently been restored, it seems appropriate to provide it with a fresh critical reading. The purpose of this paper then, is to draw this film out of the past with a reading that offers not only a new way of understanding it, but a close look at the culture that produced it. Specifically, Vertigo offers its most exciting ideas when contextualized in a culture of consumerism....   [tags: Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo Essays]
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C.S. Lewis on Misunderstanding Fantasy - C.S. Lewis on Misunderstanding Fantasy “Good stories often introduce the marvelous or supernatural and nothing about Story has been so often misunderstood as this.” On Stories—C.S. Lewis The early decades of the last century saw the loss of credibility of fantasy literature among the academic elite who ruled it a popular genre with little to no scholarly merit. Little that had had the misfortune of being dubbed fantasy had escaped the blacklist cast upon the field. Many critics had also labeled the fantasy genre as largely cliché, full of shallow characters, and as having no value beyond being purely escapist entertainment....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Fantasy Dependence in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly - Fantasy Dependence in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly M. Butterfly, as its title suggests, is the reworking of Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly. In Puccini’s opera, Lieutenant Pinkerton, a United Sates Navy officer, purchases the conjugal rights to Cio-Cio-San, a fifteen-yrear-old Japanese Geisha girl, for one hundred yen, and marries her with the convenient provision that each contract can be annulled on a monthly notice. Meanwhile, Pinkerton leaves Cio-Cio-San for the United States to marry an American girl, Kate....   [tags: Hwang M. Butterfly Essays]
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An Analysis of George Bataille's The Story of the Eye - An Analysis of George Bataille's The Story of the Eye ...awareness of the impossibility opens consciousness to all that is possible for it to think. In this gathering place, where violence is rife, at the boundary of that which escapes cohesion, he who reflects within cohesion realizes that there is no longer any room for him (Theory of Religion 10). When Georges Bataille first published The Story of the Eye in 1928, anonymously and "in a limited edition of 134 copies" (Lechte 118), he had been at the Bibliothèque Nationale in the department of numismatics for nearly six years....   [tags: Story Eye]
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Book III in Wang Shifu's The Story of the Western Wing - Book III in Wang Shifu's The Story of the Western Wing One of China’s most popular love comedies, The Story of the Western Wing (Xixiang Ji) by Wang Shifu (1250-1300) dramatizes a scholar-and-beauty romance. Zhang Sheng, a promising student, and Cui Yingying, a beautiful maiden, meet in a temple, fall in love at first sight and after a series of thwarted attempts, they end up happily marrying each other, after the student has passed the civil exam as the top one, of course. Among the five books of The Story of the Western Wing, Book III stands out in the very middle of the whole play with interesting characteristics in terms of both theatrical features and thematic complexity....   [tags: Wang Shifu The Story of the Western Wing]
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